News Roundup for Friday, May 18, 2018

Freshly-minted New Jersey senator Joe Lagana posted this last night after the deadly school bus crash that killed a 5th grader and a teacher and injured 43 on Route 80: Today the Paramus family suffered a terrible loss. My sincere condolences are offered to the families who lost loved ones and I pray for those fighting to recover from injuries. The first responders, school employees and volunteers who rushed to help are all so appreciated. Paramus is my home and I know some of the children who were on that bus and their families well. We will rally around all of those affected by today’s tragic events and do all we can to help them heal. #ParamusStrong
This 5th-grader was there. Jennifer Williamson was the teacher killed.


MIDTERMS

Ethics panel gives Menendez wide latitude for repayment of gifts from Melgenno time frame, no detail on how much Menendez owes

At Eagleton: June 6th The Morning After: If you stood outside in the snow to tell your congressman you will fight for healthcare, if you registered strangers to vote for the first time in your life, if you write postcards to your neighbors to get them to vote, if all this is new to you, you are exactly who should go participate in this analysis of the June 5th NJ Primary, the Morning After at Rutgers Eagleton. Because you define this election. Details.

EDUCATION

On the anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Ed, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional: The New Jersey law that requires most children to attend public school within their communities has led to some of the worst school segregation in the nation, prompting a coalition led by former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein to sue the state to overturn that law and potentially reshape the state’s system into one that is very different, and integrated

AROUND

Put that baton and butt tape down, this is a scholarship organization! . Miss America 1989 will run it, Gretchen Carlson.

Lesniak, the man behind the sports betting winStory of NJ’s long &successful fight for sports betting began on a stool in a Union City bar 10 years ago. (Di Ionno)

Incredibly, Chris Christie did not spend quite all of it on TV ads for himself. NJ still has $1.2B left in federal Sandy aid

Jay Lassiter: New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Program. Still the worst.

Hudson County Dem Chair candidate Amy DeGise says Dem County Committee members are being intimidated and pressured by Union City Mayor Brian Stack & Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to resign their seats to make way for people who will vote Stack for Chair

SWAMP CREATURES

Russian planes, secret island meetings, Blackwater spook Erik Prince, UAE crown princes. This is crazy stuff and Robert Mueller’s probing it now.

New York Times: NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal calls out Betsy DeVos on for-profit colleges. Grewal said they had ignored requests from New Jersey to work with the state on behalf of students who were defrauded by Corinthian Colleges, a bankrupt for-profit chain. And he raised concerns about the status of investigations by the Education Department into large for-profit institutions like the DeVry Education Group, which paid $100 million in 2016 to settle a lawsuit alleging that it misled prospective students with ads about employment and salaries after graduation.

Here’s the tax break the Kushners want from Jersey City

TRENTONIA

DEP looking for an army of beach lovers to buy Shore to Please plates

Being Gov’s like jumping off a cliff, right? Phil Murphy tells Bergen Community Colege grads to be fearless

No more puppy mills: Humane Society to New Jersey: Ban retail stores from selling puppies. They’re not fit.

Where’s your Governor? Another commencement speech – Bloomfield College 9:30am


Sending you off with this reminder that it’s all both terrible & magnificent. This is Hawaii:

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